Through its collaboration with the Louvre in Paris and other French museums, the new gallery, the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula, displays works by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, contemporary Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei and Leonardo's La Belle Ferronniere.
The New York Times reports the mystery buyer was a little-known Saudi prince according to documents it reviewed.
Christie'ssold it to an anonymous buyer last month, and said it did not comment on the identities of buyers or sellers without their permission. Salvator Mundi is next recorded in a 1763 sale by Charles Herbert Sheffield, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Buckingham, who put it into auction following the sale of what is now Buckingham Palace to the king. By this time, its authorship by Leonardo, origins and illustrious royal history had been forgotten, and Christ's face and hair were overpainted.
It was badly damaged and partly painted-over. By then the painting was generally reckoned to be the work of a follower of Leonardo and not the work of Leonardo himself. It was restored and authenticated, before being sold to its most recent owner, Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, for $127.5 million. French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche earlier reported that two investment firms had purchased the painting in the hope of lending it to museums.
Da Vinci was born in the Republic of Florence, in present-day Italy, in 1452 and died in France in 1519.
The work was exhibited in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and NY before the sale.
Celtic will be unseeded in Europa League knock-out draw
United finished the group phase with a 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford while Chelsea drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid . Over the past five years, though, Premier League clubs have found it much more hard to make much headway in the competition.
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